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Skydeck – good ideas become reality

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Article: Skydeck – good ideas become reality

We turn your ideas into prototypes and make them useful for the Group.

Do you have an idea that relates to IT or digitalisation? Then the Skydeck is just what you are looking for. Here is where DB Systel's creative heart beats. In the Skydeck, ideas are fine-tuned in the community, new technology brought to life, and innovations turned into real applications. It is a source of inspiration, development platform and venue at the same time.

We are constantly on the lookout for creative, radically different approaches so you can succeed. The Skydeck is a platform for the Group-wide sharing of innovations.

Employees and customers can work on new digitalisation topics in agile teams whenever they want. The start-up atmosphere allows us to approach things quickly and unconventionally. This not only makes developing ideas more fun; it also helps cut costs.


The place where an idea takes shape

There are three Skydecks as ports of call for employees from the entire DB Group with inventive and entrepreneurial ideas: one is located on the 30th floor of the Silver Tower in Frankfurt, another two in Berlin and Erfurt.

Experienced mentors are on hand in all Skydecks to provide their expertise as you hone your ideas. The basic methodology and way of working are geared to agile start-up communities. With creative techniques and structured methods from Business Model Canvas through Design Thinking, with Wacky Workshops and the intrapreneur starter box, we help you shape tangible prototypes from inspired ideas.

We uncover the very latest technology trends and test their potential applications. The aim is to further develop your idea and present it to a jury at a pitch event, so we can move it along to the accelerator programm. A process that has already proven successful in many cases


Innovation in the Skydeck means:

  • We facilitate innovations through an inspiring, dynamic atmosphere
  • Idea providers develop innovative services and products
  • We bring together proactively knowledge of current trends and issues
  • We facilitate innovative ICT solutions
  • We create intrapreneurship


Skydeck methods:

Skydeck team: benefit from our expertise

The mentors and coaches of the Skydeck identify, together with you, innovative ideas and accompany you during implementation. They are on hand with their methodological skills and, as sparring partner and networker, substantially contribute to the positive corporate culture.

Heterogeneous, interdisciplinary teams are an important part of the strategy. Through a collaborative approach, technological innovations can be placed successfully and rapidly.

Spinner workshops: promoting a new way of thinking

Our Wacky Workshops regularly lay the foundations for innovation projects. These workshops always focus on the practical challenges facing our customers. To promote employee creativity we abandon the familiar working environment and break down existing mindsets and hierarchies.

To generate new impetus and fresh ways of thinking we offer a positive working atmosphere with open, bright premises and flexible furnishings.

Innovation management: driving force behind new products

We use prototyping and pretotyping. The latter is derived from "pretend". The potential product is built as a basic model to test its attractiveness and usage cheaply, flexibly and quickly.

EVE, Assistify and SmartBooking are just some of the successful innovation projects that our product management made ready for the market.


Would you like to further develop your idea in the Skydeck?
Come and visit us - we will be happy to advise you.